Cara McCormack graduated with her BSW from the University of Windsor in 1999 and with her MSW, also from the University of Windsor, in 2018. In 2012 she completed the Play Therapy Certificate Program through the Canadian Association of Play Therapy and in 2018 she earned a certificate in Responding to Trauma Using Play Therapy. In 2019, she became an EMDR trained clinician and is working towards certification.
Cara works with children, adults and families and her practice is attachment centered, emotion focused and trauma informed. Emphasis is placed on mindfulness, self-compassion and helping people develop a positive sense of self.
Cara is registered with the Ontario College of Social Workers and Social Service Workers and also belongs to the Canadian Association of Play Therapy as well as the Ontario Association of Social Workers.
Cara has extensive experience in the fields of child welfare, intimate partner violence, working with children exposed to trauma, grief/loss, anxiety and those struggling with social issues or self-esteem.
Her work with survivors of intimate partner violence and with families and children in the child welfare realm have led to a passionate commitment to working with these populations. A warm, authentic and engaging approach contribute to effectively engaging with the people and children she works with. Her passion and positive energy influences her daily practice and she recognizes it is a privilege to work with those who are facing traumatic or challenging life circumstances.
Areas of interest include trauma, attachment and emotion focused work, grief/loss, separation/divorce, self-care and enhancing positive coping. Complementary strategies used include art and play therapy, use of music, positive affirmations and guided meditations.